WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER 5:00 PM

 

We will resume Wednesday Night Dinner and Programming on August 15 with Trivia Night!

 

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Music

Joyful Noise Choir

6:15 - 7:00 p.m.

Joyful Noise Choir is offered for children in Kindergarten-5th Grade on Wednesday Nights from 6:15-7:00. We have two break out choirs that meet together for the first part of the evening and then combine to practice together. K-1st Grade enjoys a marching band, musical games, stickers, prizes for attendance and (of course!) singing! This choir offers a great introduction to music for our younger kids in a fun and developmentally appropriate way.  2nd-5th Grade focuses on the fundamentals of music and offers a space for understanding the complexity of music, solo singing and a deep engagement with the musical selections.  The choirs are led by Lynn Kauffman and Alana Griffith.

Contact: Alana Griffith, alana@bellemeadeumc.org


The Belle Meade Choir

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room

The Choir sings each Sunday at the 10:30 AM service and special services throughout the year. Our repertoire is broad, ranging from Renaissance to current-day composers. We rehearse vigorously, have fun consistently, and worship purposefully. We welcome you, whether you would like to join us long-term or for a shorter period of time. Note: strong music-reading is a plus, although not required; interested high school students are welcome. We rehearse Wednesdays at 7:00 PM and Sundays at 10:00 AM.

Contact: Nancy Reiser, nancy@bellemeadeumc.org 


children and youth

connect groups

6:15 - 7:00 p.m.

Youth for all grades 6-12 is from 6:15-7:00 p.m. We will have an Art Connect Group during the month of March and a Woodworking Connect Group during the month of April.

Contact: Rev. Kelli Hamilton, kelli@bellemeadeumc.org  


ADULT studies

Spiritual Book Read:
Praying in the
Messiness of life

Aug 22 - Sept 12
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Lounge

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How can you find more time for prayer when life keeps you on the run? Maybe the answer is easier than you think.

In Praying in the Messiness of Life, Linda Douty encourages you to incorporate prayer into your daily life as it is, rather than trying to find more time to pray. Her fresh ideas for weaving prayer into each day will help you connect with God even in the messiness of life. You will feel closer to God and better able to cope with your circumstances.

Amy Sigmon will facilitate this 4 week Spiritual Book read. Please purchase your own book before the first class. You can buy one on Amazon or a Kindle version from Upper Room.

Meet Amy: 

Amy Sigmon works at Discipleship Ministries as the Coordinator with the Worship and Faith Formation ministry areas. She is a student at United Theology Seminary where she is working towards her Masters in Divinity degree, and is a certified candidate for ministry in the Tennessee Annual Conference as a Deacon. She lives in Kingston Springs with her husband, Brian and two kids, Caleb and June. The Sigmons have been members of Belle Meade UMC since 2014. In her spare time she loves to hang out with her family, bake bread, garden, knit and cook. She is passionate about local food.


Bible study: Parables of
the Old Testament 

Aug 22 - Sept 26
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Room 121

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On Aug 22, Dr. Ernest Heard will begin a 6 week Bible Study on parables found in the Old Testament. Biblical parables are timeless in their theological and moral values – they are just as profound today as they were in biblical times.  While most Christians are abundantly aware of the parables of Jesus in the New Testament, many Christians may not be aware that the Old Testament has its parables as well.  This unit will look at Old Testament parables such as the parable of the trees in Judges 9; the parable of the Ewe Lamb in II Samuel 12; the parable of the thistle and the Cedar in II Kings 14; the parable of the vineyard in Isaiah 5. No preparatory work is required. If you have questions about the course, please contact Ernest Heart at ernest.heard@belmont.edu.

Meet Ernest:

Ernest is a long-time member of Belle Meade UMC and teaches in multiple capacities. He is the regular lecturer for the Trinity Sunday School Class. His credentials include: Ed.D., Vanderbilt University; M.A., Scarritt College; M.L.S., Peabody College; B.A., Centenary College. Ernest is a professor at Belmont and says this about his work: "Each time I enter the classroom I try to remind myself why I am teaching at Belmont.  As best I can, I seek to keep the following priorities uppermost in my mind and heart – to create a loving and safe environment within the classroom where students know that they are loved and can feel safe in expressing their ideas and opinions, in assurance that they will be heard, respected and appreciated. My second priority is to present subject content according to the course description, and to strive to do so in an exciting and challenging manner that will cause students to think, ponder, question, and articulate what they are learning. Thirdly, through tests, written assignments, and speaking opportunities I strive to empower students to take ownership of their learning."

*Nursery Care is provided on Wednesday nights for ages birth to five. It begins 15 minutes before programming. Contact gracie@bellemeadeumc.org with any questions about programming or nursery care for kids!


"Do Well" Crown
Biblical Financial Study 

Aug 22 - Oct 24
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Room 218

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“Do Well” is a biblically-based financial study. The Bible contains 2,350 verses dealing with money and possessions and applying this timeless wisdom is a key to financial success. Some topics covered include: stewardship, earning money, spending, saving, sharing, budgeting, investing, debt, and instilling sound values in children. This 10-week experience is fun, requires about 20 minutes of homework each day, and will teach practical and life-changing financial principles to help make successful decisions when it comes to matters of money and life.

Study materials include the "Do Well" study manual, a Money Map, and a book entitled “The Worst Financial Mistakes in the Bible – and how you can avoid them” by Chuck Bentley. Cost for these materials is $31.00. Singles and couples are encouraged to participate. This is a course which is co-facilitated in which members actively engage and participate in each group session. Numbers are therefore limited to a total of 10 including the co-facilitators. If you have questions about the class, please contact Bill Baker at 404-357-2455 or bilpeg@comcast.net. You must register by Aug 15 in order to prepare for the first class. 

Meet Bill: 

Bill’s background is engineering, business, and finance. After spending six years as a financial advisor with Raymond James, Inc., he founded his own wealth management company in 1998.  He is recognized as a 5-Star Financial Advisor and one of 12 Advisors in the country to be featured in “The Trust Equation –the Savvy Investor’s Guide to Selecting a Financial Advisor”. He served as Chair, Planned Giving, for Wellstar Hospital System in Atlanta, and was active in the Estate Planning Council of North Georgia. 

When asked why he wants to teach this course, Bill said, "I was really enthused after taking this group study more than 15 years ago! The study and interaction shed a different perspective for me on life, living, money and stewardship in service to God. Money, property, and financial matters can get onerous and complicated. How we approach and deal with these matters, is important and integral to our success and happiness in daily living, and also to the legacy we leave. Many stories and lessons from biblical times apply today.  My reason for wanting to facilitate the study group is because I believe it’s very important, and it’s a fun way to share, learn, and make new friends. While there are 20 minutes of study each day, everyone actively contributes, there is no final exam, and a goal is that all will go away wealthier for the experience and better equipped to Do Well in life."

*Nursery Care is provided on Wednesday nights for ages birth to five. It begins 15 minutes before programming. Contact gracie@bellemeadeumc.org with any questions about programming or nursery care for kids!


Family Faith Play

Sept 19 - Oct 24
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Room 227

Family Faith Play, led by Rev. Gracie Dugan, will begin on Wednesday, April 4. This special 6 week class is for families of children birth-4 years and their caregivers/parents. During Family Faith Play we will engage the scripture together through games, music, conversation and play. This will be a great opportunity for parents to connect with their child in a deep way and to learn easy skills and tools to intentionally create opportunities for faith conversation at home. Whether your child is 3 months or 3 years, there are ways you can make faith conversation a part of your everyday interactions!  Join us to grow together with your child and have a blast while you do it! Contact Pastor Gracie if you have any questions, gracie@bellemeadeumc.org.

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Grief Group 

Oct 10 -Nov 21
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Room 204

Grief can be a difficult experience to process, especially without support. Because of this, have designed this group to provide a safe and welcoming environment for you to share your grief. Often, we find grief can come in waves and can be triggered by important dates, including holidays. Along with support, we hope to help each member develop skills to nurture and support them during these difficult times.

This group will be led by Chris O'Rear and Cara Lindell, the therapists of The Counseling Center at Belle Meade UMC. We will meet Wednesday nights from 6-7pm, October 10 - November 21 (excluding Halloween) in Room 204. Before registering, please make sure you can attend at least 5 out of the 6 meetings. Please register no later than September 24th. For some basic facts and myths about grief before we meet, click HERE.  

To read more about Chris, Cara, and the Counseling Center, click HERE.

*Nursery Care is provided on Wednesday nights for ages birth to five. It begins 15 minutes before programming. Contact gracie@bellemeadeumc.org with any questions about programming or nursery care for kids!


OPen bible study

Ongoing
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Room 216

We are a group of men who have been meeting for years, but always welcome new people! We pick a book of the Bible and study it together. We will be studying Ephesians this Spring. Bring a Bible; no additional books required. 

Contact: Bruce Kauffman, bkauffma@utk.edu.

*Nursery Care is provided on Wednesday nights for ages birth to five. It begins 15 minutes before programming. Contact gracie@bellemeadeumc.org with any questions about programming or nursery care for kids!


Knitting

Ongoing
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Room 125

We gather after Wednesday Night Dinner to knit and crochet various items: prayer shawls, baby blankets and hats/scarves for Room in the Inn. We love to create a gift that provides warmth and strength to our congregation in a time of need or a time of joy.  What a blessing for everyone, those receiving and those creating. Bring your own materials and join us! 

Contact: Carol Cartwright, shoshocarol@comcast.net or Marsha Arnold, marshaod@gmail.com

*Nursery Care is provided on Wednesday nights for ages birth to five. It begins 15 minutes before programming. Contact gracie@bellemeadeumc.org with any questions about programming or nursery care for kids!


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